How To Change A Sink Faucet

Improve an old faucet or repair a leaky one in your kitchen or bathroom by following these simple instructions.

What is required:

Crescent wrench

Pliers

Scraper

Plumber's Putty

2 flexible water lines

Faucet

Turn off the water supply by turning off the water valves under your sink. If you do not have water valves there, you must turn off the water at the main water line. Turn both spigots on to run any residual water out and to verify that the water has been succesfully turned off. Completely remove the water lines that are running to the faucet by using the crescent wrench. Use your pliers to remove the two plastic nuts underneath the sink that are holding the faucet on. Remove the faucet and use the scraper to remove any residue on the sink area.

Roll the plumber's putty into a long roll, about the diameter of a pencil. Place the putty on the sink in the shape of the new faucet. Take the new faucet and place it on the putty and press down to seal the faucet on the sink. Go underneath the sink and place the plastic nuts included with the new faucet to hold the faucet in place. Put the two new flexible water lines in place, being careful not to over-tighten (hand-tighten and 1/2 turn with the crescent wrench). Remove the excess putty around faucet by lightly scraping it away with the scraper. Unscrew the aerator (the tip of the faucet), then open the hot and cold spigots. Turn on the water at the source, either under sink or at the main, and let the water run to clear any debris out of the faucet. Turn off the spigots, and replace the aerator.



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